Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi spoke to Reuters about the growing problem Tunisians joining islamic extremist groups. Julie Noce reports.
Tourists are once again visiting the Bardo museum in Tunisia, two weeks after islamic militants killed 21 foreigners in a gruesome attack. Even as the North African country works to restore confidence President (BAH-zhee CAH-ed es-SEB-si) Beji Caid Essebsi told Reuters the country needs to stay alert. (SOUNDBITE) (French) TUNISIAN PRESIDENT, BEJI CAID ESSEBSI, SAYING: "I think that it will not happen again because I know the authorities- whether the army, police or National Guard- are very aware. But I can't guarantee zero risk. So we must remain vigilant." Two of the gunmen involved in the museum attack were Tunisians, and thousands more are fighting alongside extremists in Iraq and Syria. Essebsi said more needs to be done to manage the citizens who have or who are trying to join up with militant groups. (SOUNDBITE) (French) TUNISIAN PRESIDENT, BEJI CAID ESSEBSI, SAYING: "First, we have big problems with Tunisians who are in Syria. And indeed, these people are time bombs, so authorities are concerned by the return of these Tunisians. They must be managed, because they are Tunisian citizens after all and also, they should not reinforce terrorist groups here. We are at that level." Tunisian officials announced Thursday they would reopen a consulate in Syria and offered to invite the Syrian ambassador back to Tunisia.